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Pedestrian killed after being hit by lorry in Doncaster

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was in collision with a Mercedes heavy goods vehicle in Doncaster.

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It happened on the A60 Warmsworth Road at its junction with Waverley Avenue at 10.45pm on Saturday January 7. The man was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

It is believed the pedestrian may have been trying to cross the road at a set of traffic lights at the time of the collision but officers want to hear from you if you saw what happened.

– South Yorkshire Police spokesman



Body found in search for missing man

Police searching for 45-year-old Alfred Taylor have confirmed that a body was found in Doncaster woodland yesterday.

Police were called at around 3pm after the body of a man was discovered in woodland near Campsall Road, Askern.

The body has been formally identified as Alfred Taylor. His family has been notified and are receiving support.

Railworkers miss Xmas to carry out Doncaster upgrades

Network Rail workers are giving up Christmas Day with their families to carry out vital upgrades to the railway in Doncaster.

Vital upgrades are being carried out over Christmas to the railway at Doncaster

The improvements, part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, began last night, after the last service on Christmas Eve, and will be completed before the first service on Tuesday, 27 December.

The upgrade will see the installation of new signals, the traffic lights of the railway, which will be ‘bi-directional’ meaning trains will be able to run in either direction on a piece of track.

Once completed the upgrade will allow more flexibility for train services, which in turn will increase will increase the reliability of services passing through Doncaster station, which can become a bottleneck due to the high number of services which use it.

The upgrade will complement the opening of platform 0 at Doncaster station, a new platform which also provides greater flexibility for train services.

Doncaster man Darren Higgs, a scheme project manager at Network Rail, is working on the project over the Christmas period, including today.

Darren Higgs

“I’ve been working on this project for two and a half years and the work which we are carrying out at Christmas is key to making sure the upgrade is completed on time.

“I’ll be working a twelve hour shift today starting at 10:00. I have three young children, so it’s nice that I have a later start because it means I get to spend Christmas morning with them and watch them open their presents.

“I’d love to be able to spend the whole day with my family, but I also need to think about my team. "They are giving up Christmas with their families, so I feel it’s important that I’m out on site with them and offering my support. My role is to oversee the work which is going on and make sure we are on schedule.

“The work we’re doing over Christmas is so important to the railway in this area because it will make it more reliable for passengers. I’m a local lad, so it’s great to be able to be involved in something which will benefit my home town.”

– Darreen Higgs, Network Rail

This improvement programme is being carried out over Christmas, in order to minimise disruption to passengers. The work is just one piece of a programme of over 200 upgrade projects, which are being delivered across Britain this holiday period.

This essential programme of investment is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan that provides more and faster services to help relieve over-crowding and responds to the tremendous growth encountered on Britain's railways.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel and can find a breakdown of how their journey may be affected by visiting and following #ChristmasWorks on Twitter.

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